Talcott Parsons: Theories & Contributions to Sociology


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Talcott Parsons aligned himself with which sociological perspective?

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1. According to Parsons, women should carry out _____ roles.

2. The ______ role provides people an 'excuse' for not adhering to their normal obligations, such as going to work or going to school.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of Talcott Parsons' contributions to sociology. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include Parsons perspectives and the expressive roles women should carry out according to Parsons.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Parsons sociological perspective
  • Roles of women according to Parsons
  • The role that provides excuses for not fulfilling obligations
  • The breadwinner
  • Views of Parsons on the elderly

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Parsons' contributions
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding Parsons' views on the elderly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Parsons' contributions to sociology lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about Parsons' influence in sociology, review the corresponding lesson called Talcott Parsons' Theories & Contributions to Sociology. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify who was one of the most influential structural functionalists in the 1950s
  • Understand the history and background of Parsons
  • Describe what Parsons believed about dividing labor roles according to gender
  • Appreciate Parsons' views on the sick and elderly